By: Nora Britton '14
Faculty Adviser: David Kyuman Kim
By: Benjamin Allar '13
Faculty Adviser: Eugene Gallagher
By: Alex Zareki '12
Faculty Adviser: Ozgur Izmirli
Q: What led you to religious studies?
A: I stumbled upon it freshman year when I took "Religion and the Spirit of Politics." It was one of my most challenging, engaging courses. I’ve been able to study a wide range of subject matter, from Dante's Inferno to the Sunni awakening. My professors have a genuine interest in my success, and I've enjoyed their mentorship both inside and outside the classroom.
Q: What type of independent research have you done?
A: Another student and I pursued an independent study with Professor Kim. We examined the ways in which trauma destroys and stimulates world views. I concluded the project with a paper, "On Hearing Trauma" and submitted it to the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest. I am a finalist.
Q: What role has CELS, the College's career and internship program, played for you?
A: My CELS counselor helped me identify internship options, edit cover letters and conduct a mock interview. I interned with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and had a terrific summer in New York City.
- Holy Books: The Western Scriptural Tradition
- Religion and the Spirit of Politics
- Global Islamic Studies
- Religion and Public Life
- Jewish Ethics
- Cults and Conversions in Modern America
- The Holocaust and Theology
- Religious Expressions of Everyday Life
- Islam in the United States
- Memory, Identity, and Religion